The First Directorate: My 32 Years in Intelligence and Espionage Against the West
During 32 years with the KGB, Oleg Kalugin enjoyed one of the most meteoric & illustrious careers in the history of the Soviet spy agency. This book is a personal account of a life in espionage. He orchestrated a brazen attempt to bug the House Armed Services Committee. As chief of KGB Foreign Counter-intelligence, he helped rehabilitate the famous, broken-down British agent Kim Philby. He worked intimately with the men who ran the KGB, from the Cold Warrior & future Soviet leader Yuri Andropov, to the devious Vladimir Kryuchkov, the chief plotter in the failed 1991 Soviet coup. Photos.
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Review: The First Directorate: My 32 Years in Intelligence and Espionage Against the WestUser Review - Jae - Goodreads
I found Kalugin's narrative voice a bit annoying at times, but the book certainly does what it says on the tin. Read full review
Review: The First Directorate: My 32 Years in Intelligence and Espionage Against the WestUser Review - Dave - Goodreads
I can't say I trust this guy, and these reminiscences seem very self-serving. But it is a good read for someone interested in the later phases of the Cold War from the Soviet perspective. His reflections on Kim Philby's life in the USSR are particularly poignant. Read full review